President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Saber Chowdhury said President Maithripala Sirisena has given an inspiration to all those who work to strengthen parliamentary democracies in the world. The step taken by President Sirisena to dilute executive powers of the Sri Lankan Executive Presidency and vest them with the parliamentary is an important step towards strengthening democracy.
Mr Saber Chowdhury made this statement when he called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (April 25). He also expressed is high appreciation over the anti-tobacco campaign of President Sirisena.
Pointing out that in some countries parliaments have been marginalized by Executive Presidents and in some other countries government terms have been extended through referendums, the IPU President said, “Sri Lanka is a beacon of hope for other parliamentary democracies.”
The President, welcoming the IPU President, said that he would extend fullest support to IPU programmes to promote youth and women participation in government and parliament. He pointed out that already steps have been initiated to introduce a women’s quota for local government body elections.
Mr Chowdhury pointed out that although 50% of the world population is below the age of 30, only 1.9% of the Parliamentarians in the world are below 30 years of age. President Sirisena said he strongly believes that intelligent youths should take more governing and parliamentary responsibilities.
Secretary General of parliament, Dhammika Dasanayake was also present on this occasion.